Friday, April 6, 2012

The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

The Immortal Rules (Blood of Eden, #1)In a future world, Vampires reign. Humans are blood cattle. And one girl will search for the key to save humanity.

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a vampire city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them. The vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself is attacked—and given the ultimate choice. Die… or become one of the monsters.

Faced with her own mortality, Allie becomes what she despises most. To survive, she must learn the rules of being immortal, including the most important: go long enough without human blood, and you will go mad.

Then Allie is forced to flee into the unknown, outside her city walls. There she joins a ragged band of humans who are seeking a legend—a possible cure to the disease that killed off most of humankind and created the rabids, the mindless creatures who threaten humans and vampires alike.

But it isn't easy to pass for human. Especially not around Zeke, who might see past the monster inside her. And Allie soon must decide what—and who—is worth dying for. 

My Rating: 4/5

Not what I expected but magnificent all the same. If you think that The Immortal Rules will be like The Iron Fey, think again. Other than both being great books, they have nothing in common. While The Iron Fey is beautiful and fantastical, The Immortal Rules is dark and gritty.

First of all, the world-building is flawless. There is not a single hole in the world that Julie created. It's incredible how she makes a world taken over by vampires seem like a legitimate possibility. Not only the world building is seamless, but also how she portrayed vampires. These are not the sexy vampires or the tame vampires we've all seem time and time again (yes, I'm talking to you Twilight). These are cutthroat monsters that literally have no choice to drink human blood lest they go mad. The coolest part? They cry tears of blood. I don't know why I liked that so much, but I thought it was the perfect touch to the type of vampires Julie created.

Allie, the main character, is one of the toughest chicks I've read about. She has that same touch that Julie's female characters seem to have: She can kick your but and not even blink about it. Seriously, even before she became a vampire, she still knew how to take anyone down and it only multiplies when she becomes a vampire and gets her hands on a katana. What's especially nice is that she accepts what she becomes. She doesn't boo-hoo about it, doesn't fall into self-loathing. Sure, she isn't fond of having to drink blood and especially not fond of the possibility that her Hunger will take over and she'll kill someone unintentionally, but she accepts the reality of what she is and makes the best of it. See, that's how a vampire works. They are HUMAN blood-suckers and they don't apologize about it. No reverting to animal blood here, thankfully.

Zeke, the love interest, is beyond adorable. Oh my goodness, I just adored him. Despite the misery of his past and the terrible circumstances of the present, he still manages to be kind and helpful (totally the opposite to Allison, who developed a demanding survival instinct after growing up on the Fringe).Not to say he can't take down any human or vampire that dares attack his group, or any person. Because he totally can. I cannot even put into words how amazing this guy is. If you had wanted more Ash, don't worry; there is another guy totally worthy of getting obsessed with to drool over :)

The other characters are all intriguing in their own way. Jeb, the leader of the human group, is a total psycho but still a psycho with dimension. (BTW, when you see why a call him a psycho, your mouth will drop. He is not right in the head at all) Kanin, Allie's creator, brings about some mixed emotions but you still end up fond of him. Caleb...I fell in love with that little boy. He was so cute and sweet. He reminded be of Ethan Chase from the Iron Fey. He had that same endearing quality that just makes you adore him.

The story-line is totally original. You will never see what's coming. It's surprise after surprise. And the ending...if I hadn't been falling asleep over my nook out of determination to finish the book I would have burst into tears. It's a great ending and it made sense that the story went that way but it was heartbreaking. I...ugh, I can't even describe the knot of emotions I feel about that ending. The only coherent thought I can get out of them is: I need the next book NOW. I just have to find out what happens next. I can't handle the anxiety of waiting to see what happens to these characters that I've grown to love. The only problem I have is a small one. A few times I would suffer in confusion for a little before something or another was explained. It wasn't a huge problem and it doesn't affect the rest of to book too much but some people might be more bothered about it than I was.

Bottom line: The Immortal Rules is brilliant. If you liked the Iron Fey, you'll like this one. They both have that special Kagawa touch that seem to make any book become spectacular.

*Thanks you Netgalley and Harlequin TEEN for an advance copy. You're awesome!

1 comment:

  1. This was an amazing gripping novel. There was so much danger and adventure that I could barely stop reading. Allison was an admirable character throughout the book in spite of everything that happened to her. Kanin...another tortured soul...was also a fascinating mesmerizing character.

    Allison protected the people she cared for at her own expense if that was necessary.

    I loved the way the book was divided into parts...three of them...Allison in the
    beginning...scrounging for in the outcast part of New Covington...barely hanging on yet still providing for her friends.